Fort McMurray Area Update

Fort McMurray Forest Area Wildfire Update - January 24, 2022

Posted on Mon, Jan 24, 2022

Firefighters urge everyone to use caution when working or recreating in the forest and to report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE (3743).



Wildfire season starts March 1 and runs until October 31 annually. Starting March 1, all burning in the Forest Protection Area, with the exception of campfires, will require a fire permit. Fire permits are free and can be obtained by contacting your local Alberta Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development office. Phone toll-free 310-0000 to locate your nearest office or visit  

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It’s very important to know that all campfires must be fully extinguished no matter what time of year it is. A campfire built on top of snow can easily smoulder in the debris underneath for weeks and even months, and re-ignite when the wind picks up or the conditions are favorable, which could cause a wildfire. This makes it important to continue to do your part to prevent wildfires.

When you’re planning your campfire, choose your site carefully:

  • Hard-packed mineral soil or gravel is best.
  • Scrape away any flammable material and use extra care around dead grass.
  • Keep your fire small and protected from the wind.
  • Ensure your campfire is completely extinguished before you leave. Spread the burning material to reduce the heat. Soak it with water or snow, stir up the ashes and soak it again. Use your bare hands to feel for heat. If the ashes feel cold then the campfire is fully extinguished.



You can reduce the risk of your off-highway vehicle causing a wildfire by following these simple steps:

  • Before you ride, clean out hot spots and remove debris from your machine.

  • After riding through muskeg or tall grass, stop and remove any build-up from your machine.

  • Carry firefighting equipment such as a small shovel, collapsible pail or fire extinguisher.

  • Wash your quad, trike or bike and keep it clean; do not wash in streams and creeks.

  • Make sure your muffler and spark arrestor are working properly.

  • Stop frequently. Take the time to knock debris from your machine’s hot spots. If the debris is smouldering, soak it, stir it, and soak it again to make sure it’s out.

For more information, please contact: 

Provincial Information Officer




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